Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz

Antolin Alcaraz could miss the rest of the season after Wigan boss Roberto Martinez revealed he has suffered a hamstring injury.

The defender picked up the injury during last Saturday’s defeat at West Ham and is now expected to miss crucial games as Latics battle to beat the drop, while the FA Cup Final will also be touch and go.

Alcaraz has been a key figure at the back for Wigan since returning from a serious groin injury and boss Roberto Martinez blamed the defeat at Upton Park on the absence of the player.

Martinez says they will give the player the best possible chance of returning before the end of the season but the Spaniard does not sound that optimistic.

“We’ll treat him and see how quickly he responds to treatment,” Martinez revealed. “But obviously soft-tissue injuries of that type would usually take the best part of three weeks to heal.

“Antolin knows his body really well and we are fortunate he managed to get off the field before he did himself some serious damage. Hopefully we can use this time to work on other aspects of his fitness to make sure he can return before the end of the season.”

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